Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Virginity

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Growing up as a woman in a very small southern town I was raised as well as my others that your virginity is something to cherish. It was considered a very big deal to lose, and we were always taught to make sure we lose it at the right time and with the right person. Reading the article we did, opened my eyes to the fact that virginity is a cultural aspect, instead of medical. We don’t have a medical definition for Virginity but yet doctors and ourselves talk about it like it is something we know definitely about. One thing that we do know about virginity is the double standard that surrounds it. For a young woman who loses her virginity, she is then considered from there on out in her life as as a slut or someone who sleeps around. While with men the sooner he loses his virginity the “cooler” or more of man he becomes. Why is okay and better for a man to lose his virginity but is a shameful thing for women?

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